Question remains whether kids, teachers will show for school. See more state education news here

| July 7, 2020

By Howard Fischer • Capitol Media Services

A two-week delay in the start of in-classroom learning ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey may give schools more time to prepare to teach in the middle of the pandemic.

But that assumes students are going to show up on August 17 – and whether anyone will be there to teach them.

“A lot of parents are ready for their kids to go back,” said Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association. And he said teachers also are ready.

But Thomas said it’s not that simple in the days of COVID-19.

“We’re all starting to learn that there are people that we know who either they have it or their kids have it or a family member has it,” he said.

“So there’s a lot of anxiety,” Thomas said. “They want to be back. But they just don’t feel safe.”

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